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Create a Fall Foliage Travel Itinerary

Students will select a site where they can view spectacular fall foliage. Then they will create a detailed travel itinerary that outlines a fun fall trip.

PROCESS:

  1. As a class, in small groups or with a partner, have students conduct research to identify a great place to view spectacular fall foliage. Tell students the location they select can be anywhere in the world. 
  2. Once students have picked a location, instruct them to calculate the distance between the foliage site and their hometown. Then have them figure out the best way to get there. For instance, should they take a plane, train or automobile? What route should they take? And what sites can they see along the way? 
  3. Have students conduct research so they can explain why the area they selected has such spectacular fall foliage and when is the best time to go there this year. 
  4. Encourage students to create a detailed travel itinerary for their trip. 

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their itineraries with the class. Encourage them to explain why they chose the site they did and why it is such a spectacular place to view fall foliage this year.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Present the class with a few options for viewing spectacular fall foliage. Have students vote to select one site. Guide students as they calculate the distance between the site and their hometown. As a class, debate the advantages and disadvantages of different travel options. Select the one that students prefer the most. Then divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to identify and learn about one site they could visit along the way. Have groups work together to create a detailed travel itinerary for the trip. 
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to select one site, calculate the distance to that site and figure out the best way to get there. Encourage groups to include at least three interesting places they could visit along the way. Challenge them to explain why the site they chose has such beautiful fall foliage.
Grades 7-8: 
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct each pair to select one site, calculate the distance to that site and figure out the best way to get there. Encourage partners to include at least four interesting places they could visit along the way. Challenge them to explain why the site they chose has such beautiful fall foliage.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct each pair to select one site, calculate the distance to that site and figure out the best way to get there. Encourage partners to include at least five interesting places they could visit along the way. Instruct students to identify specific conditions that caused the site they chose to have such beautiful fall foliage. Challenge them to also explain why the timeframe they selected is the optimal time to go there this year.